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What is UV Curable Ink in Printing?

Read time: 4 minutes  |  Author: PRI Graphics  |  Posted: June 4th, 2023

It may have come to your attention that Phoenix’s leading print service provider, PRI Graphics & Signs, houses advanced UV curable ink printers.

Most people are aware of B&W, color, or even white ink printing, but what is UV cured ink? And, how does UV ink printing revolutionize your next large-format print job?

UV curing, or Ultraviolet curing, is an environmentally friendly technology rooted in the marvels of a photomechanical process. This process ensures immediate ink drying post-printing. Coupled with a versatile flatbed printer, UV curable ink printing empowers you to print on nearly any non-absorbent material, expanding the possibilities to include glass, wood, metal, vinyl, and beyond.

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UV Curable Ink Printing: Eco-friendly Innovation in Diverse Industries

Unlike traditional CMYK printing, where the ink is absorbed by the material, UV curable ink remains steadfast on the surface, eliminating any possibilities of smudging and reducing the need for extra costly coatings.

One notable feature of UV cured inks is their impressive resilience against weather conditions and their resistance to fading. With no solvents involved, zero evaporation, and a low-temperature process, the UV curing method presents a fresh, eco-conscious choice.

At its core, UV curable ink printing employs UV energy exposure, inducing a chemical reaction that prompts the ink to instantly solidify. This technique stands as a vastly superior alternative to solvent-based ink products.

The use of UV curable ink isn’t limited to local print shops like ours but finds significant applications across a spectrum of industries, including automotive, electronics, telecommunications, and more.

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Exploring the Benefits of UV Curable Ink Printing

The key benefits of UV ink include:

  • Unmatched resistance to scratches and abrasions
  • Superior resistance to chemicals and solvents
  • Excellent bonding capabilities
  • Eco-friendliness with zero emissions
  • Enhanced gloss finish
  • Superior outdoor durability

UV curable ink, renowned for its durability, dries or cures instantly, ready-to-go as it emerges from the printer. This characteristic makes it the optimal choice for printing on outdoor banners, including mesh banners. For an in-depth analysis, refer to our article comparing mesh banners and vinyl banners.

Your Reliable Large Format Printing Partner in Arizona

At PRI Graphics, we leverage high-end print technology for all our large format vinyl graphics. We do this not just as an environmentally conscious choice, but to offer superior print quality to our customers across Phoenix, Arizona.

From vibrant wall graphics to intricate product decals to bold company logo signs, you too can reap the benefits of our enduring, high-quality print graphics for even the most demanding applications.

To learn more, we invite you to visit our Vinyl Graphics page. If you wish to speak with our Arizona printers directly, feel free to reach out to us at Toll-Free 1-877-409-8889 or send us an email. With PRI Graphics, rest assured that your printing needs will be met with excellence and innovation.

About the Author

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PRI Graphics – Director, Marketing & Brand Management

PRI Graphics is a marketing and design expert who is passionate about new emerging trends in digital media and business strategy. A member of AMA with a PCM® in marketing management, he continues to strengthen his knowledge and skill sets in the marketing ecosystem. Prior to joining PRI, he pursued a career in filmmaking and carries on the passion for brand development.